Monday, May 05, 2008

1930's and 1940's FLOUR SACK

THE FLOUR SACK BY: COLLEEN B. HUBERT

IN THAT LONG AGO TIME WHEN THINGS WERE SAVED,WHEN ROADS WERE GRAVELED AND BARRELS WERE STAVED,WHEN WORN-OUT CLOTHING WAS USED AS RAGS,AND THERE WERE NO PLASTIC WRAP OR BAGS,AND THE WELL AND THE PUMP WERE WAY OUT BACK,A VERSATILE ITEM, WAS THE FLOUR SACK.

PILLSBURY'S BEST, MOTHER'S AND GOLD MEDAL, TOOSTAMPED THEIR NAMES PROUDLY IN PURPLE AND BLUE.THE STRING SEWN ON TOP WAS PULLED AND KEPT;THE FLOUR EMPTIED AND SPILLS WERE SWEPT.THE BAG WAS FOLDED AND STORED IN A SACKTHAT DURABLE, PRACTICAL FLOUR SACK.
THE SACK COULD BE FILLED WITH FEATHERS AND DOWN,FOR A PILLOW, OR T'WOULD MAKE A NICE SLEEPING GOWN.IT COULD CARRY A BOOK AND BE A SCHOOL BAG,OR BECOME A MAIL SACK SLUNG OVER A NAG.IT MADE A VERY CONVENIENT PACK,THAT ADAPTABLE, COTTON FLOUR SACK.BLEACHED AND SEWN, IT WAS DUTIFULLY WORNAS BIBS, DIAPERS, OR KERCHIEF ADORNED.IT WAS MADE INTO SKIRTS, BLOUSES AND SLIPS.AND MOM BRAIDED RUGS FROM ONE HUNDRED STRIPSSHE MADE RUFFLED CURTAINS FOR THE HOUSE OR SHACK,FROM THAT HUMBLE BUT TREASURED FLOUR SACK!AS A STRAINE!R FOR M ILK OR APPLE JUICE,

TO WAVE MEN IN, IT WAS A VERY GOOD USE,AS A SLING FOR A SPRAINED WRIST OR A BREAK,TO HELP MOTHER ROLL UP A JELLY CAKE,AS A WINDOW SHADE OR TO STUFF A CRACK,WE USED A STURDY, COMMON FLOUR SACK!AS DISH TOWELS, EMBROIDERED OR NOT,THEY COVERED UP DOUGH, HELPED PASS PANS SO HOT,TIED UP DISHES FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED,AND FOR MEN OUT IN THE FIELD TO SEED.THEY DRIED DISHES FROM PAN, NOT RACKTHAT ABSORBENT, HANDY FLOUR SACK!

WE POLISHED AND CLEANED STOVE AND TABLE,SCOURED AND SCRUBBED FROM CELLAR TO GABLE,WE DUSTED THE BUREAU AND OAK BED POST,MADE COSTUMES FOR OCTOBER (A SCARY GHOST)AND A PARACHUTE FOR A CAT NAMED JACK.FROM THAT LOWLY, USEFUL OLD FLOUR SACK!SO NOW MY FRIENDS, WHEN THEY ASK YOUAS CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS OFTEN DO,"BEFORE PLASTIC WRAP, ELMERS GLUEAND PAPER TOWELS, WHAT DID YOU DO?"TELL THEM LOUDLY AND WITH PRIDE DON'T LACK,"GRANDMOTHER HAD THAT WONDERFUL FLOUR SACK!"

Most all these girls' dresses were made from flour sacks...

1930's and 1940's FLOUR SACK


3 comments:

Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks for inquiring about the little shoe, I didn't make it. It is a true vintage shoe. but I have seen patterns. The bird is my own design. Laurie

SympleTymes/PrimitiveRose said...

Thanks Laurie for letting me know Its wonderful..Thanks for comeing by!!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Oh wonderful feedsacks! I just love them...and get such a thrill when I am lucky enough to run across one in my treasure hunts. I really enjoyed this post!
Smiles, Karen